by, 04-07-2009 at 06:42 PM (1248 Views)
Well to catch up on the past couple weeks, I'll talk about my trip to Canada with the girlfriend and the Oilers and Oil Kings hockey games.
We drove from Oregon up to Edmonton which is a 17 hour drive. The good thing is we're still not sick of each other, lol. Besides winning at 5 pin bowling, miniature golf, and everything else against her...we went to an Edmonton Oilers game and Edmonton Oil Kings game.
I must admit, Rexall is a great arena to watch hockey in. It looks like there isn't a bad seat in the arena but we had 100 level seats about 15 rows off the ice so it looked especially nice.
In between the 1st and 2nd period an usher came up to our seats and asked us if we were from Oregon. They must have known from the credit card purchase of the tickets. We said of course and they gave us tons of free Oilers and Oil Kings stuff. We got an Oil Kings button, a mini retired number flag of Glenn Anderson from the Edmonton Oilers, and some thundersticks. That was really nice of them and I would have never expected that. I've been to sporting events around the country and never had the teams do that kind of things for me before. I really appreciated their generosity.
Some Canadian things I'll miss will be Boston Pizza, Tim Horton's (although I have one near my house in Connecticut too), and the love of hockey. I love hockey, always have, and there isn't any teams near me in Portland besides the Junior League team and I love NHL games. Driving to Vancouver or Sacramento wouldn't be very fun.
But watching hockey in Canada was an experience in itself. My girlfriend says she plans on moving back to Canada someday and you know what? From the great experience I had there with the people, I wouldn't mind it. Canada is a great country from going through Edmonton and Calgary and interacting with people there to the beautiful landscapes of driving through Banff, Canada embedded a great impression into my mind.